PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
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by Stan Popovich, BS

You are just diagnosed with a mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, addiction, OCD, or some other mental health disorder. You go see a counselor to get help. Eventually your relatives and closest friends find out your condition. The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through. Here are four ways to deal with this situation...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Stan offers four helpful ways to deal with family or friends who don't understand your mental health needs. This article is especially helpful for anyone newly diagnosed who is still adjusting as well. Stan is caring and to the point.

 

Psychotherapy


by Pamela Welch, MA, CCHt

Although I have training in several very effective psychotherapy and hypnotherapy methods, I am continually in awe of the healing power that lies, not in any specific technique, but within the client-therapist relationship itself. By allowing myself to be truly present with my clients in a state of loving consciousness...

 

Editor's Note: Pamela Welch offers her unique perspective on counseling and shares her personal journey as a psychotherapist.

 

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by Debra Manchester, LCSW

Have you ever walked into your parents’ house as a mature adult and suddenly turned into a rebellious teenager? Or suddenly burst into tears (unlike those around you) at a certain scene in a movie? Or found yourself wanting to smack your child even though you would never do so? Or begun yelling at your wife because of the look on her face?...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Learning to choose how to respond rather than impulsively reacting is a challenge for many people when engaged in relationship conflict. Understanding the neuroscience behind the way that we respond may provide a new window into understanding ourselves and our families.

 

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by Steven Handel

Daydreaming is a state of mind where thoughts that are experienced by an individual are unrelated to what is going on in the environment around them.


We all experience daydreaming from time-to-time: at school, at work, or at home. It most often happens when we are doing something that we find boring, so our mind begins to drift onto other, more interesting things...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen:This is a fascinating that explores why daydreaming is important in our creative process.

 

Psychotherapy


 by David McCann & Janis McCann

We want to discuss the art of listening, which we believe is at the heart of communication, and is also what makes up a civilized culture. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time...

 

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by Debra Manchester, LCSW

Although for some kids, finding the right medication is a life-changer, there are many parents who are adamantly opposed to putting their kids on drugs–particularly without trying something more holistic first...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Learning to identify and treat early signs of depression in children is an important key to ensuring future health and happiness. Helping children with emotional regulation is a cornerstone of working with children in therapy. Debra Manchester shares the best tips and the most recent research from the field on ways to assist children in managing their moods.

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

“Who am I?” is a perennial question asked by anyone seeking to know himself better. From a psychological perspective, “Who am I?” concerns what makes me me?...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: This article offers a brief introduction to the theory of psychological types conceived by Carl Jung. A description of the attitudes, functions, and resulting types shows the variety of psychological ways people express their humanness. Benefits of understanding different type characteristics encourage the reader to investigate further.

 

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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. Steiner calls us all to action to help stop abuse for ourselves and others.

 

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by Dr. Jennifer Freed

There are as many psychotherapy modalities as there are designer jeans, and there is no clear informational guide to help consumers decide what brand, or method, they would like to use. Not all treatment modalities fit all clients or patients and therefore you want to make sure the person you select is a “good fit” for you and your current needs...

 

 

 

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by Morgan Jones

Anxiety is often thought of as being tied to the stressful ways of modern adult life, but many anxiety disorders can first show up in childhood or adolescence. New research is exploring possible treatment for youth suffering from anxiety and methods to spot signs of the disorder at the earliest possible age...

 

Editor's Note from Jeanie Witcraft: This piece showcases the importance of catching anxiety disorders early and a promising treatment from an Israeli team.

 

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by Joseph Burgo, PhD

I don’t usually relate to the trending topics on Twitter — often about celebrities I don’t know and TV shows I’ve never watched — but earlier this week I noticed that #WhatHurtstheMost was a popular hashtag for the day...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Dr. Burgo responds to everyday Tweets about what hurts right now with a reflection on his personal past in this informative post. His cutting edge professional services to clients around the world identify him as a savvy and seasoned practitioner.

 

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Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski,  An interesting 11 minutes about the "longevity revolution" and defining a new metaphor for aging.

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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